Shattered Glass Text in Illustrator

For this Tutorial, you will use the free font “Empat-Lima” from (

1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Go to View > Rulers > Show Rulers (Command/Control + R) to enable them and make sure that “Smart Guides” are enabled too (Command/Control + U).

3 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your font (we used “Empat-Lima Regular”) and type your text. Use Black as “Fill” color. Size it so it almost fills the entire document.

4 - Select your text and center it by clicking the “Horizontal” and “Vertical Align Centers” buttons on the “Align Panel” and making sure that “Align to Artboard” is selected.

5 - Go to Type > Create Outlines to convert the text into shapes.

6 - Right-click on top of the “Text” and choose “Ungroup”.

7 - Some letters may have more than one shape forming them and depending on the font you chose some letters may overlap with each other. First, select each letter that needs fixing, head to the “Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Unite”. Repeat with every individual letter and then with the overlapping letters.

8 - Select the entire text and with the “Knife Tool” create some “Cuts” in your text (you will find it inside the “Eraser” (E) menu in the “Toolbox”). To make straight lines hold the “Alt/Option” key while dragging the cursor.

9 - Use the “Selection Tool” (V) to select each portion of the text and move it to your liking. You can do it manually or using the “Arrow” keys. He idea is to create the effect of “Shattered Glass”.

10 - Create a New Layer” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Drag it down to position it under the one containing the text.

11 - Select the “Rectangle Tool” (M), then click and drag your cursor diagonally across the entire document, to create a “Rectangle”.

12 - Select the rectangle and change the “Fill” to a Radial Gradient. Make the gradient start with Medium Blue @ 50% “Opacity” and 0% “Location” and use another Blue shade as the second color (@ 100% “Location” and “Opacity”). Give it a 70% “Aspect Ratio”.

13 - Lock the “Background” layer by clicking on the small padlock on the left side of its thumbnail.

14 - Select all the “Text”, right-click on top of it and choose “Group” (Command/Control + G). “Copy” it (Command/Control + C) and “Paste in Front” (Command/Control + F).

15 - Click on the small arrow on the left side of the “Layer 1” Thumbnail to show its contents and click on the “small eye” icon on the left side of the top-most “Text Group” to hide it. Select the one in the bottom and head to Object > Compound Path > Make (Command/Control + 8).

16 - With it still selected, change the “Fill” to a Radial Gradient. Make the gradient start with Black (#000000) @ 100% “Opacity” and 0% “Location” and with White (#ffffff) (@ 100% “Location” and “Opacity”). Leave a 100% “Aspect Ratio” but move the “Midpoint” location to 65%. Use the “Gradient Tool” to modify the gradient so it fits your text better. Head to the “Transparency Panel” and change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light”.

17 - Select the top “Text Group”, un-hide it and change its “Blending Mode” to “Color Dodge” and the “Opacity” to 20%.

18 - Select both “Text Groups” and head to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel. In the “Position” Tab, use a 6° value in the first box and 0° in the remaining one. Leave the values in the other Tabs as they are and click “OK”.

19 - We decided to change the “Blending Mode” of the bottom “Text Group” (the “Compound Path”) “Overlay” and the “Opacity” to 60%. You can experiment with the settings to see if you can achieve a more realistic look.

20 - Select the top “Text Group”, go to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects” button at the bottom and navigate to Stylize > Inner Glow. Use the following values: “Normal Mode”, Color #065c77, 100% Opacity, 1.76 mm Blur, Edge.

21 - Then, select the bottom “Text Group” (the “Compound Path”), go to the “Appearance Panel”, click on the “Effects” button at the bottom and navigate to Stylize > Drop Shadow. Use the following values: “Multiply Mode”, 75% Opacity, 1.5 mm X and Y Offset, 0.5 mm Blur, Color #00000.

22 - With the “Compound Path” still selected, add a Blue “Stroke” with a 0.25 pt “Weight”. Choose the “Stroke” color from the “Swatches Panel”.

23 - Check it out!

by @lornacane

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Great tutorial. Thank you @Lorna_C

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Thank you.

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Good Work Keep up! :slight_smile:

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Thank you very much! :smiley: